PAS Graduate Course
Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) Part II
Wed / Begins Oct 14 / 7:00 pm
Rabbi Shmuel Afek
Gain a deep understanding of the Song of Songs while learning about the different levels of interpretation traditionally applied in Jewish text study. This course is a continuation of the Part I class that took place in January 2020, and new students are welcome!
In Part I, participants read the text through the lens of p’shat (the plain sense), and drash (discovering theological, historical, and ethical issues), using Professor Michael Fishbane’s landmark JPS translation and commentary on Shir HaShirim. This semester, participants will experience the text through the lens of remez (exploring philosophical interests and concerns) and sod (mystical – searching for esoteric elements and events in the divine realm). The first class of the course will include a summary of what was learned in the Part I to (re)orient new and returning participants.